Migrants have brought (and continue to bring) certain forms of cultural, social, economic and symbolic capital to this country, although they have not always been able to valorise their experiences, competences and talents.
The education system and the labour market are good examples of societal domains that demonstrate distinct differences between social groups. Both the education system and the labour market are crucial facilitators for the participation processes of individuals and groups in society, and they can have far-reaching influence on their socio-economic status, wellbeing, health and other aspects. To deepen the understanding of these processes, research projects should study both ‘old comers’ and ‘newcomers’ in Flemish society, in addition to addressing the influence of the dominant majority group on these other groups.
Proceeding from existing knowledge and experiences, we choose to study specific target groups in the societal domains ‘Education system’ and ‘Labour market’. One project within the policy research centre will focus on the experiences and ambitions of Roma families in the Flemish education system, as well as on OKAN classes as a tool for integration. With regard to the labour market, we will focus on the experiences and ambitions of Bulgarian, Polish and Rumanian entrepreneurs.